Men's Health Week 2020
Men’s Health Week happens every year, during the week before Father’s Day. The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to raise awareness for Health Conditions that tend to affect men disproportionately whilst also helping men to be more aware of potential problems that they could develop.
The theme of this week’s Men’s health Week is ‘Take Action on Covid-19’, due to the current pandemic. Statistics have found that men are twice as likely than women to die from Covid-19.
Why are men more likely to die of Covid-19?
Due to Covid-19 being a relatively new virus, it isn’t completely clear as to why men have a higher mortality rate than women. There are many factors that can contribute to the mortality rate.
The immune system and genetics are said to play a large role in mortality rate for coronavirus. Women carry an extra X chromosome, which means that women often have stronger immune systems than men.
It is thought that lifestyle could also be a contributing factor as to why men have a higher mortality rate when it comes to Covid-19. Statistics suggest that men may be more likely to ignore rules such as social distancing and working from home rules. If an increased number of men are catching coronavirus than women, then the numbers are likely to reflect this in the mortality rate.
Those with underlying health conditions are more likely to become seriously ill from covid-19. Some health conditions are likely to put some people more at risk than others, such as those with heart problems, asthma, and diabetes.
How to reduce the risk of Covid-19?
Social Distance – it is critical to ensure that you maintain a 2m distance between yourself and anybody that isn’t in your household, depending on the government guidelines. This includes shopping, working, visiting friends and family, and also exercising. Keeping a safe distance between yourself and others outside of your household can help to reduce the spread of the virus.
Wear PPE – It has been made mandatory in the UK for PPE to be worn on all public transport. Wearing the appropriate PPE if necessary, may help to protect you, and others around you from catching the virus, especially due to coughs, sneezes. It is important to note that PPE should be worn and used safely and effectively.
Regular hand washing – Frequent hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of coronavirus, especially before and after touching surfaces that may have been touched or used by others. If there is no access to handwashing stations, using hand sanitiser can also be effective in reducing the spread.
Diet – A healthy diet is key to helping to support immune health. Ingredients such as turmeric, green tea, ginger, honey and more are great at helping to boost the immune system. The immune system plays a vital role in helping the body to fight off viruses and infections, and without the immune system we would not be where we are today.
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
The endocannabinoid system is a complex cell signalling system within the body. The endocannabinoid system is made up of cannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes. Whilst
endocannabinoids are made within the body (endogenous cannabinoids), The ECS can also be stimulated with plant-based cannabinoids, which as a result can help bring balance to the body.
The endocannabinoid system works by binding with receptors in the body to help the body to achieve homeostasis, these receptors help to regulate functions in the body such as sleep, appetite, fertility, mood, the metabolism and immune system. This as a result may aid the body in fighting off antibodies.
Overall, there is no clear evidence to suggest why men are more likely to die of corona than women, however there are factors that could play a part in the mortality rate. The best way to reduce the spread of covid-19 is to follow government guidelines and stay alert whilst following all of the necessary measures. Additionally, a healthy diet and regular exercise may help to keep the immune system and adding key ingredients into the daily diet may be beneficial to the body’s health.